Re-Defining Sustainable Human Development to Integrate Sustainability and Human Development Goals

By Hasnat Dewan.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Presently, human development and sustainability goals are mostly seen as independent goals. Sustainable Human Development (SHD) marginally considers environmental sustainability as a goal. This paper re-defines SHD, so the developmental goal is to achieve higher human development for the maximum number of people in present and future generations. Such a definition makes possible the convergence of two important goals: sustainability and attaining higher human development. This paper proposes a set of indicators and the conditions for SHD. The numerical values of the SHD conditions indicate if higher human development is achieved with sustainable means. Possible sustainable human development trajectories under different policy regimes can be derived from the primary SHD condition.

Keywords: Sustainable Human Development, Human Development Index, Sustainability, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.147-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.414MB).

Dr. Hasnat Dewan

Assistant Professor, Economics, School of Business & Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Hasnat Dewan, currently an Assistant Professor of Economics in Canada, taught Economics in the USA, China, and Bangladesh. He is a recipient of several Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr. Dewan also worked as a partner/researcher in three consulting firms. He earned his MA in International & Development Economics from Yale University and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Dewan was awarded the highest university-wide academic honour, the University Gold Medal, for his outstanding results in the B.Sc. (Honours) Exam. He specializes in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Urban and Regional Economics, International Economics, and Sustainable Development.

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